Wheels for Kim
Organized by: Kimberly Jackson
I was in a near fatal car accident on Feb.06,2014 when I was on the way to the technical college I attended at the time. This accident was not one that I was expected to recover from and if I survived the doctors expected that I would live life as a quad (no use of anything pass the neck) but I surprised them all. I not only survived the wreck but I gain full use in my left arm and about 70% of my right arm to date. I was even called "The miracle lady" by the nurses and doctors while I was on the ICU floor. In time I was able to use a power chair on my own. The problem is that it has been close to two years now. My husband-to-be/caregiver drives me to my doctor appointments and for awhile I was even enrolled in school. The issue? My husband to be is a retired Army veteran of 17 years who has his own medical issues. He still takes me to all my appointments in spite his own health issues even though until we can get suitable transportation to get me there I cannot go back to school to finish earning my degree. See when we take me somewhere we have to get ready four hours earlier. The reason for that is because once I get out of bed and get going, I go out the door in my wheelchair and raise myself up as high as I can. Then Jose (My hubby to be) helps me make sure that I have every thing hooked on my clothing (my cather bag and to date my wound vac).Then Jose lifts into the passenger side of a Ford 250. Once he makes sure I am secure, he pushes my 300 lb. wheelchair on to a cargo attachment that exposes my wheelchair to all the elements (especially rain). If it is raining before I leave the house I have to cancel the appointment for that day. That is why I am here today. We are looking to raise enough funds to buy a wheelchair van so there is less stress on me, my wheelchair, and especially my husband to be. If we raise the money to buy a van it would also mean I could go to doctor appointments and school no matter the weather. I want to say thank you in advance for all the help I am about to receive from everyone. You would never know how grateful I am and how much this is a God sent.